James O. Eliason

James O. (Jim) Eliason, age 68, of Belmond passed away Saturday June 13, 2015 at the St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN.

A Celebration of Life for Jim Eliason will be held at 6:00 P.M. Friday June 19, 2015 at the Dugger Funeral Home 111 Luick Lane South in Belmond.

James Owen, the son of Orville K. and Frances Hansen Eliason was born June 4, 1947 in Belmond, Iowa. He grew up in Kanawha, where he attended school. Jim graduated from Kanawha High School in 1965. After high school, Jim attended an auto mechanic trade school for a short period. Jim was blessed with three children, Stacy, John and Tyler. His family lived in Omaha, NE. where Jim attended trade school. The family moved to Forest City and Jim worked at Winnebago. The family moved to St. Cloud, MN where Jim worked construction. The family moved back to Omaha, NE and Jim played semi-pro football. Jim moved back to Kanawha in 1974. He farmed on the family farm and worked for Kiefer Built. Jim began working at Eaton Corporation in Belmond in 1993. It was near that time he moved to Belmond. Jim also drove truck for Hueneman Trucking out of Garner until his health made him stop.

After starting work at Eaton, Jim met and fell in love with his soul-mate, true-love, Kathleen (O’ Brien) Hughes. The two were married at the United Methodist Church in Belmond in 1994. After getting married, Jim and Kathy made their home in Belmond. Jim was blessed with another child, with the addition of Kathy’s son, Greg. It was then that Jim began his wonderful life, following the children in all their endeavors. Later, Jim and Kathy, would be blessed with seven grandchildren. Spending time with them and following them in their busy lives, brought them much joy.

If spending time with Kathy and the children and grandchildren wasn’t joyous enough, Jim would find his way to Lake Winnibigoshish as many times as he could. Jim loved to go fishing, and “Lake Winnie” in Minnesota was his favorite spot to go. Jim was a dedicated and loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He had a heart as big as his voice.

Jim is survived by his wife, Kathleen, children, Stacy Ellefson and husband, Gary of Rochester, MN, John and wife, Katie of Waverly, Tyler and wife, Katie of Evansdale, and Greg Hughes of Clarion. Grandchildren Ryan, Zach, Kacie, Owen, Nathan, Ander and Jonas. A sister Anita Eliason of Lawrence, KS; a brother Mervin and wife Sandy of Pearline, TX; and an Aunt Maxine Eliason of Belmond. Numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, numerous Aunts and Uncles.



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